Rising Sun, Rodina & the Middle Kingdom. FL is Purple. @MichaelAuslin, AEI. @MaryKissel. WSJ Editorial. Rick @ROutzen, Independent Weekly.

May 06, 2016, 03:13 AM

05-05-2016 (Photo: #Abe of #Japan and #Putin of #Russia in #Beijing, #China2014) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Rising Sun, #Rodina & the #MiddleKingdom. #FL is Purple. @MichaelAuslin, AEI. @MaryKissel. WSJ Editorial. Rick @ROutzen, Independent Weekly. “…Japan’s defense cooperation with the #EuropeanUnion will likely also be a focus of Abe’s talks. Tokyo has attempted to become the top Asian partner for the EU, in part by facilitating the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy mission. In the Gulf of Aden, for example, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force has already held five joint exercises with the EU’s Naval Force Atalanta on counter-piracy measures. The passage last year of reforms that allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to participate in collective self-defense activities gives Abe an opening to discuss further security cooperation with the EU. The most controversial stop on Abe’s trip will be the last: #Moscow, where he’s scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin. After ignoring Barack #Obama’s request not to meet the Russian leader, Abe will head to the Kremlin with a focus on resolving the seven decades-old #Kurile Islands dispute. He hopes to secure the return of the four small islands, which sit just off the northern tip of Hokkaido and were captured by the #RedArmy in the closing days of World War II...."

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434835/shinzo-abe-courts-europe-russia